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January-February 2019

National Academy Members


Francesca Dominici
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Matthew Langer Mayerson
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Among the 75 new U.S. members of the National Academy of Medicine are a dozen from Harvard: professor of medicine Richard S. Blumberg; Gamble professor of biostatistics, population, and data science Francesca Dominici; Canellos professor of medicine Benjamin L. Ebert; Rosenkrantz professor of the history of science and professor of African and African American studies Evelynn M. Hammonds; professor of genetics Robert E. Kingston; Austen professor of surgery Keith Douglas Lillemoe; professor of biostatistics and of statistics Xihong Lin; professor of pathology Matthew Langer Meyerson; professor of pediatrics and of education Charles A. Nelson III; Loeb professor of chemistry and chemical biology Stuart L. Schreiber; Fabyan professor of comparative pathology Arlene H. Sharpe; and Chandler professor of ophthalmology Janey L. Wiggs.

NIH Notables


Justin Kim
Photograph by Sam Ogden

Richard T. Lee
Jon Chase/HPAC

Seven Harvard scientists are among the 89 newest beneficiaries of the National Institutes of Health’s programs to encourage pioneering biomedical research through high-risk, high-reward grants: assistant professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology Justin Kim; professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, and of medicine, Richard T. Lee; assistant professor of medicine Po-Ru Loh;


Amy Wagers
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John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow Sergey Ovchinnikov; Stillman professor of developmental biology Norbert Perrimon; Forst Family professor of stem cell and regenerative biology Amy Wagers (who chairs that department); and professsor of systems biology Peng Yin. Their projects range from investigating the repair of damaged tissues to using DNA and RNA as scaffolds to help manufacture biomolecules.

AAAS Honorands


Cynthia Friend
Rose Lincoln/HPAC

Wade Harper
Courtesy of Wade Harper

Count 10 faculty members among the newly elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: professor of genetics Susan M. Dymecki; Stanfield professor of international peace Jeffry Frieden; Richards professor of chemistry and professor of materials science Cynthia Friend; Zwaanstra professor of international studies and economics Gita Gopinath (now serving as chief economist of the International Monetary Fund); Vallee professor of molecular pathology Wade Harper;


Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
Courtesy of Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

McArthur University Professor Rebecca Henderson; Thomas professor of history and of African and African American studies Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham; McGuire lecturer in comparative politics Pippa Norris; Hessel professor of biology Naomi E. Pierce; and Bullard professor of pediatrics and neurology Christopher A. Walsh.

Honor Roll


Jorie Graham
Stephanie Mitchell/HPAC

The Royal Institute of British Architects has conferred its 2018 Stirling Prize on Foster + Partners’ European headquarters for Bloomberg LP. Hanif Kara, professor in practice of architectural technology, and his firm, AKT II, served as engineers and design director for the project.…The Library of Congress has conferred the biennial Bobbit National Prize for Poetry on Boylston professor of rhetoric and oratory Jorie Graham for her 2017 collection of poems, Fast; the magazine’s 2001 profile is available at harvardmag.com/joriegraham-18.…Charles River professor of engineering and applied sciences Robert Wood has received the Max Planck-Humboldt Medal for his pioneering work on robotics—covered recently in “The RoboBee Collective” (November-December 2017, page 56).

Crimson Chief


Kristine E. Guillaume
Amy Y. Li/The Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson announced in November that Kristine E. Guillaume ’20 has been elected president, effective January 1, making her the first black woman to serve as leader in the newspaper’s 145-year history.

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